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Arabic: ثلاء
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Thula city
Thula is located in Yemen
Shown within Yemen
Location Yemen
Region 'Amran Governorate
Coordinates 15°34′25″N 43°54′05″E / 15.57361°N 43.90139°E / 15.57361; 43.90139Coordinates: 15°34′25″N 43°54′05″E / 15.57361°N 43.90139°E / 15.57361; 43.90139

Thula or Thila is a village in west-central Yemen. It is located in the 'Amran Governorate.

Thula is one of five towns in Yemen on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.[1] Dating to the Himyarite period, the town is very well preserved and includes traditional houses and mosques.[1] Archaeological investigation discovered Sabaean period ruins with massive stone architecture beneath the Himyarite.[2][3] Restoration between 2004 and 2011, restored the Bab al Mayah gate, several watch towers, paths, the traditional cistern, and other portions of the Sabaean fort.[3]

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on July 8, 2002, in the Cultural category.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Historic City of Thula" (in French). UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 8 July 2002. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Thula Fort Restoration". Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Archived from the original on 18 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Abdullah al Hadrami: Thula Fort Restoration in Yemen". design boom. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. 

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